Failure is part of the plan

Let’s discuss something that often gets overlooked in our “keep it positive” society, and I am one of those “the glass is half-full” people.

I want to talk about failure.

I see failure every day with every young lady I coach. Wait, let me get personal… Continue Reading…

The winners are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “back-to-school” giveaway for the $75 pitching cleats credit, and $50 gas card.

As the contest rules stated, the website Random.org was used to select two winners today; they are: Continue Reading…

When should my child transition to travel ball?

I’ve recently been asked how to tell when the time is right to make the jump (from recreational softball) to travel ball.

My answer: it depends on several factors.

The first factor—is the family prepared to go Continue Reading…

How parents can be assistant-coaches

As previously stated, when you coach kids you coach their parents.

Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for a couple of reasons.

But I want to focus on how parents can be good assistant-coaches.

In my opinion, being an assistant-coach means that the parent (or any family member) is actively learning Continue Reading…

Parents as assistant-coaches

When you coach a kid you coach her parent. Period.

Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for that reason. I find it can be a huge advantage for myself, and the athlete in the long-run though.

First, here are two of the reasons why I think coaches don’t like to involve the parents: Continue Reading…

Back-to-School Cleat & Gas Credit Giveaway

It’s that time of year, again! School is back in session, and the fall softball season will soon be in full swing.

In an attempt to make the transition more budget-friendly for families, WestCoastFastpitch.com is hosting a “back-to-school” giveaway. Continue Reading…

Photos of Jennie Finch t-shirt giveaway winners

Pictured below are the winners of the West Coast Fastpitch “Jennie Finch autographed t-shirt giveaway” that concluded on Friday, July 23.

Left-to-right (top): Continue Reading…

The 5 characteristics of a successful team – Parent’s Edition

This is part-two of a two-part series focused on the characteristics of a successful softball team.

Today’s post looks at the five aspects of a successful squad from a parent’s perspective; Continue Reading…

The 5 characteristics of a successful team – Coach’s Edition

This is part-one of a two-part series focused on the characteristics of a successful softball team.

Today’s post looks at the five aspects of a successful squad from a coach’s perspective; Thursday’s post will look at the five aspects of success from a parent’s perspective.

Five characteristics of a successful team Continue Reading…

Conditioning your mind through your body

Softball players—practice.

Softball players do a lot of exercising in the beginning of a season, especially running.

The obvious reason is to get the body prepared for upcoming games. The not-so-obvious reason though is the Continue Reading…

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